Sector News

  1. Good Samaritan Act – Public Service Announcement

    The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and the Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network have created a short video to raise awareness of Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The act aims to increase the likelihood of a person seeking medical assistance during an overdose emergency by providing  protection from charges pertaining to drug possession when they seek emergency help for an overdose victim. The film and PSA build on previous efforts to improve public awareness about the legal protections offered by the Act, including a fact sheet and wallet-sized information card, both available in English and French.

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    Preventing Suicide

    If someone you know is talking about suicide it’s important to seek help for that person immediately. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources available for family and friends to understand suicide and how to get help.

    Click Here for more information.

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    Looking to find and/or share HIV and HCV educational resources?

    Have you heard of the SAGE collection? Sage is a community-driven space for service HIV and HCV providers in Canada to share and archive their educational resources. It’s also a site to connect with peers in the field of HIV, HCV, and harm reduction. To find out more click HERE

  4. Need Help Getting Help?

    There is stigma around mental health issues, and the perceived stigma people feel about their mental health issue may deter them from asking for help. If you need help getting help, the Canadian Mental Health Association has resources for you.

    Check them out here


  5. Learn How to Use OHRDP’s New Best Practices Filter!

    OHRDP distributes a sterile cotton pellet filter in a blister pack of five. These cotton filters: meet best practice recommendations, have a pore width of 0.22µm (so they hold less of the drug), are sterile, and save staff and volunteers time because they no longer need to package filters in baggies like they did with the old filters. Service users may be familiar with this new product because they are the same filter that comes in the Stericup cooker. However, for service users who may be new to this product, OHRDP created this step-by-step guide on how to use the new filter product.

  6. Canadian Music Festivals and Overdose Incidents

    This summer there were concerns around the number of overdose incidents at music festivals across Canada. Therefore, the Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU) created this bulletin to brief audiences about these events and provide an opportunity for organization across disciplines to collaborate and help prevent further overdose events among festival attendees.

  7. There is no health without mental health – interested in learning more?

    The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health is focusing its efforts on a population mental health strategy because ‘there can be no health without mental health’. Various resources have been developed for this project including: a presentation on defining a population mental health framework for public health, a scan of mental health strategies across Canada, and currently there is a survey for public health practitioners’ to complete to assess resources needed in this area of health.  

  8. Drug Internet Forums: What Are They About?

    We are hearing more and more about unregulated novel psychoactive substances (NPS) which are often referred to as “legal high” and “designer drugs”. Many times these substances are bought and sold through online vendors, but did you know there are online forums where people can gather and share information about the NPS they are using? In a recently published qualitative study, researchers analyzed these online forums and identified the following themes: 1) uncovering the substance facts, 2) dosage and administration, 3) subjective experience, and 4) support and safety. The research team concluded that people who use NPS access these online forums to support each other and keep one another safe. If you’re interested in reading the full study check it out here.

  9. Understanding Adulterants and Other Cutting Substances

    Contaminants. Adulterants. Diluents. We often use these words to describe some of the dangers associated with street drugs, but do you know what these terms mean and how they differ? Did you know that there are some commonly known substances added to street drugs and their effects are well studied? To learn more, check out this free resource:

    CUT – A Guide to Adulterants, Bulking Agents and Other Contaminants Found in Illicit Drugs

  10. New Opioid Overdose Prevention and Risk Factor Booklet!

    Death from drug-related overdose is a leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. We can help reduce the number of overdoses in the province by understanding the risk factors that may lead to overdose and knowing some prevention tips. With Overdose Awareness Day around the corner on August 31st, OHRDP’s is launching a new Overdose Prevention and Risk Factor Booklet to help reduce overdose in Ontario. If you work with a core NSP and would like to receive hard copies of this resource please e-mail